Harrington Poulter Safe from the Rain

By Associated PressMay 18, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Nissan Irish OpenMAYNOOTH, Ireland -- Ignacio Garrido is 3 under par through six holes of Thursday's suspended first round of the Nissan Irish Open. That is good for the lead during a long day at Carton House Golf Club.
There was a six-hour wind delay as balls were moving off some putting surfaces. When the players finally returned, there were severe storms, but half of the field did complete the first round.
Golfers will return to the course at 2:30 a.m. ET Friday morning to finish the first round. The group that comes back to complete the first round will turn right around and begin the second round, with the players who finished the first round on Thursday scheduled to tee off in round two late on Friday.
The second round will not be completed until Saturday, if the weather allows. Rain and heavy wind, although not as severe as it was Thursday, is on tap for the rest of the week.
Iain Pyman is the leader in the clubhouse at 2-under-par 70. David Higgins, Andrew Marshall and Tom Whitehouse are all at minus-2 with several holes to play in the first round.
European Ryder Cuppers Ian Poulter and Padraig Harrington both carded rounds of 1-under-par 71.
For Poulter, the long day came at an awful time. He and several friends flew in from Paris Wednesday night after watching the Barcelona/Arsenal soccer game.
'That was bizarre, really,' said Poulter. 'I didn't anticipate spending more than 12 hours to complete my round of golf. Unbelievable. It was certainly quicker to jump on a plane to Paris, watch the game, come back and go to bed. All in all, on a couple of hours sleep, I am more than happy to shoot 1 under in those conditions.'
Harrington, who is trying to become the first Irishman to win his national championship since John O'Leary in 1982, traded a birdie and a bogey over his last five holes after the delay to stay at minus-1.
'I'm obviously pleased with that score and to play the last five holes in level par,' said Harrington. 'I got myself in good position all day with the exception of leaving myself with some difficult par-saving putts. I wasn't trusting the pace so I was happy enough to get in a few 10-footers and that's what produced a decent score.'
Garrido began on the back nine Thursday and birdied the 10th, 13th and 15th holes.
Pyman also started on the second nine and was 1 over par after 10 holes. He came back after the delay and birdied three holes in a row from the sixth to get the clubhouse lead.
'That was brutal. Horrific,' admitted Pyman. 'It was not very nice out there at all. There was no let up whatsoever.'
Pyman is just happy to be in the field this week. On Monday, he was the third reserve, but later the same day he found out he was in the field. That was certainly a better change from a few weeks back.
'It makes a nice change from my experience in China recently when I was a reserve, but didn't get in,' said Pyman. 'I basically blew 1,500 euros flying to China for a couple of days practice before coming home. It wasn't a great experience.'
Last week's British Masters champion Johan Edfors, Anthony Wall, Bradley Dredge, Asian Open winner Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Andalucia Open champion Niclas Fasth, Christian Cevaer, Robert Karlsson, Steven O'Hara, Anders Hansen, Stuart Little, Richard Bland and Mark Davis are all 1 under par in the first round.
Defending champion Stephen Dodd is 1 over par through eight holes in round one.
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  • Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

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    He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

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    Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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    In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

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    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

    The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

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    Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

    Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

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